history, research, teaching


At SMU, I teach survey courses on early African history (every fall) and modern African history (every spring) as well as an upper level course on South Africa (usually in fall). I also teach the department’s junior research seminar on apartheid South Africa.

In the South African course, students participate in “virtual internships” with the non-profit South African History Online (SAHO). SAHO is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote history and the arts and to address the inequalities in South African written history. SAHO involves heritage and academic institutions as well as ordinary South Africans in rewriting South African history and in that way contribute to reconciliation, the building of a common humanity and a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.

Students hold biweekly skype meetings with South African SAHO team members to research and write encyclopedia entries for the SAHO webpage and for their final project.

SMU students in History of South Africa skype with SAHO's Omar Badsha, 2012

SMU students in History of South Africa skype with SAHO’s Omar Badsha, 2012

Read the 2014 Student Entries.

Read the 2013 Student Entries.

Read the 2012 Student Entries.

Oh, and there’s this: https://www.smu.edu/Provost/CTE/Awards/GoldenMustang

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